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OvationPro Publisher Pack: Drobe looks at the new features of the DTP

By Chris Williams. Published: 24th Nov 18:21:19 | Permalink | Printable

It seems the ongoing saga of OvationPro has returned something positive. Written by Dave Pilling, OvationPro is a very powerful desktop publisher- anything from newsletters to novels can be designed and created. It was originally successfully published by Beebug. When they left the RISC OS scene, Dave Pilling gladly bought back OvationPro and assumed the combined role of developer and publisher.
The OvationPro front went a bit quiet from then; maybe to quiet for a few users. However, as of the 23 November, David has out of the blue made available an upgrade CD to hurl users into modern DTP. The upgrade looks very promising, however you'll probably want to be the judge of that.

What do I get?
Well, a new version of Ovation Pro. This release, (2.60), now features..

  • ..auto paragraph numbering and bulleting (at last :)
  • ..a welcomed !Impression document loader. Impression was a leading DTP program, developed by Computer Concepts.
  • ..referenced and proxy pictures
  • ..EPS support
  • ..the unexpected graduated, patterned and hatched fills
  • and all the standard OvationPro features.

The manuals have been revised but are annoyingly held on the CD-ROM. iSV provide twenty font families and there are additional applets, dictonaries and clipart to add to your OvationPro material store.

How much does it cost?
If your copy of Ovation Pro has a serial number between 5000 and 5200 then you get the CD for free, provided your copy of the program is registered with David.
If you are not registered, no CD basically: Your current copy is registered if either you sent in the registration card or if there was no registration card supplied with it to send in.
Interestingly, coders who have written applets or made other contributions to OvationPro get a free CD. If you don't qualify for the free CD then the cost is £35.

How do I get it?
To buy a copy follow these easy steps..

  1. £35 drawn on a UK bank and made payable to: David Pilling, P.O. Box 22, Thornton Cleveleys, Blackpool. FY5 1LR.
  2. The serial number of your old copy of Ovation Pro. The serial number is inside the front cover of your Ovation Pro reference manual, or on the registration card supplied with the program.
  3. The name and address it was originally registered at
  4. Your current address

What about site licences?
According to David, there is no extra charge for upgrading site licence copies, however when ordering you must state that you have a site licence and provide the relevant details.

Can I pay using a credit card?
Liquid Silicon, the well known RISC OS dealer will handle this, although there is a change in prices. The order should contain your serial number, original registered address and current address.

Credit Card Prices
Inside the EU 40 ukp
Rest of the world 34 ukp


Liquid Silicon
Tel: +44 1592 592265
Fax: +44 1592 596102

David Pilling
Snail: David Pilling, P.O. Box 22, Thornton Cleveleys, Blackpool. FY5 1LR. UK.
Fax: +44(0)870-0520-941

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